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The costs of self-representation in divorce

The costs of self-representation in divorce

Posted By David Eaker || 30-Aug-2014

Over the past year, I have seen a tremendous increase in the number of people seeking to represent themselves in their divorce. I see these people struggling in the courtroom and I have had many coming back to hire me to repair the mess created when they attempted their own divorce or had their efforts rejected by the Court — who really was just saving them from further problems down the road.

I have seen divorce decrees that inadvertently awarded a house to the wrong person, disallowed a parent from seeing their child again, waived years of child support. None of these were intended. The biggest problem is that the legal ability to revise a divorce decree (and avoid huge tax implications) is severely limited.

If you and your spouse are able to work things out and are agreeable enough to try to wade through the legal system on your own, hiring an attorney to “do it right” will be relatively inexpensive and end up saving you potentially thousands of dollars. Attorney’s fees are based on the size of the transaction and how complicated the problem is to resolve. Helping a couple process an agreed decree — ensuring that the agreement of the spouses becomes the actual court order — is a very straight forward and inexpensive process. This is an area that spending a few hundred dollars always makes more sense that to try to work through it yourself.

On the other hand, if you aren’t that agreeable with your spouse and need more assistance to get through the process, you definitely need an attorney you can trust. In any event, consider calling us for a consultation to determine what rights you have and how we can best serve your needs.

David Eaker

Eaker Law Firm

Providing full traditional representation to clients throughout North Texas

and providing cost-effective legal assistance for those moving forward with self-representation throughout Texas.

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